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in the kitchen with: stacy newgent’s apple dumplings

by Grace Bonney

Grace stumbled across Indianapolis-based food photographer Stacy Newgent’s work a couple of weeks ago and we were immediately captivated by her portfolio.  We were even happier when she said she’d share her grandmother’s recipe for Apple Dumplings with us! We hope you enjoy this as much as we did- Happy Cooking! –Kristina

About Stacy:  Stacy is a freelance photographer living in Indianapolis, IN. Although she shoots a variety of subjects she am happiest photographing food and restaurants for cookbooks or editorial assignments.  Her blog can be found here: Swell Photo Blog.

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Apple Dumplings – makes 6 large dumpling or more smaller ones

  • 6 apples cut up and peeled (I sliced it in the photos)
  • Whipped cream for serving

Pastry… (or you can use readymade pie dough if you want to cheat)

  • 2c (250g) flour
  • 2t (10g) baking powder
  • 1/2t  (2.5g – a big pinch) salt
  • 6T (85g) butter + extra for the filling
  • ¾ c (180ml) milk

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Work in butter and add milk- then mix until dry ingredients are well moistened. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth. Roll dough out to 1/4” (a little more than 1/2 cm) thick and cut into 6 squares, or smaller squares to make more.

Put a few apple pieces onto each square along with a dash of sugar and a pat of butter.  Fold the corners inward to make a square, making the corners overlap in the center, as in the photo. Put into a baking dish.


  • 2c (400g) white sugar
  • ½c (110g) brown sugar
  • 2T (15g) flour
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2c (470ml) boiling water
  • ½c (114g – one stick) butter
  • 1t (5ml) vanilla

Stir sugars, salt and flour together in a pan.  Stir in boiling water, add butter, vanilla and place over low heat until the sauce begins to thicken a bit.

Pour ¾ of the sauce over the dumplings and bake at 400 degrees covered for about 30 minutes- then pour the rest of the sauce in and sprinkle with crushed almonds- bake uncovered for another 15 minutes until brown. Serve right away with whipped cream…

Why Stacy chose this recipe…

I am actually a terrible cook. If I’m eating at home the menu is always really simple and doesn’t call for a lot of cooking. So this was a challenge for me, but my grandmother taught me to make these when I was young so I thought I could pull it off- plus they are really tasty. I should say that my grandmother adds cinnamon to the sauce and the apples, but I like them better with vanilla in the sauce and no cinnamon.

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  • mmmmmm
    I’ve gotten to the point where the sight of apples in our CSA box is driving me batty (that always happens to me this time of year – I’m ready for peaches and berries). Apple gallettes are my usually go to but these look delicious. And easy to wrap up and take to work.
    Thanks grandma :)

  • yumm. my grandma made these with whole (cored, peeled) apples and they were the best. every year i try to re-create her recipe. but they are never as good.

  • Mary it seems you commented before reading the recipe as these are not galettes, they are a form of a dumpling – galettes don’t cook in a sauce they are a free form pie with the sides folded in. Stacy it looks like your Grandmother taught you vey well!

  • I want your plates!!! WHere are they from and how can I get my hands on them or soemthing similar? And I want your Dumplings, I usually go all the way for apple pie, but sometimes, it’s just too much effort, these seem perfect!

  • just made these beautifully delicious dumplings. my husband will not eat many sweets, but he absolutely loved your grandma’s recipe! thanks so much for sharing…. i’ll be sure to share the recipe with my kids/grandkids one day.

  • I’m so happy that your family liked them Tammy! Thanks everyone for your nice comments :) My grandma will be excited too- I’ll be sure to tell her that her recipe is a hit.

    Raquel- thanks! They are all vintage from various thrift stores so sadly I can’t tell you exactly where to get them, but I’m sure you could find something similar at a thrift store near you. I loved that little cat too and he was only $1. Happy Sunday!

  • Wow. This looks sooo good! I’m about to go to the grocery store, I think I’m going to pick up these ingredients!

  • I got inspired and made this recipe for a gathering last night. It’s delicious!!! I have two things for feedback:

    6 apples was too much for the amount of pastry dough… I probably used about 4 apples worth and had to save the rest.

    I was totally suspicious of the sauce because it was so watery, but it reduced down wonderfully and tasted great. I ended up throwing some of the extra apples (in chunks) on top of the sauce for the last 15 minutes, and that worked great, too.

    The whipped cream I used was not too sweet because the dish itself is sweet, and that worked wonderfully. Thanks for sharing! I’m sure I’ll make these again!

  • Yum!! any idea how much time will it take in a microwave oven (I don’t have any other :( )

  • This is much the same recipe as my grandmother had in the cookbook she wrote out when she was first married (1920s) – she used 1/4ed apples & wrapped the “paste” around each 1/4, packed them into a pie dish then poured over the sauce – I think slices are a great idea though – we had ours with runny cream or custard. Thank you so much for the lovely post.

  • I just made this and I can’t stop eating them! Frankly put, it is the *the* most amazing apple dumplings! The 6 apples was about 2 too many but that’s okay, I just had overflowing turnovers YUM! Thank you!

  • I made these yesterday for my son’s 32 nd birthday!!!!! They were so easy to make, sp pretty and so good!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!